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Since 1999 the Cleveland Browns fans have been enduring a low-level of play from their favorite franchise. Sure, there were bright spots in 2002 and in 2007 but those passed quickly and are afterthoughts on the minds of most fans.
After the firing of Eric Mangini this past offseason, many including myself believe the winds of change will turn the tides of Cleveland's misfortunes.
For the first time a plan is in place in which the Browns management, personnel directors and coaching staff are all finally on the same page.
In theory, it sounds like a match made in heaven. Will it take more time? Possibly.
After another stale effort, this time coming after a bye, fans are left to question what direction the Browns are going.
The signs of improvement seen in the Browns under Eric Mangini and his staff have disappeared. Roster turnover, younger players and a rookie head coach have resulted in poor execution and performance on Sundays.
The frustration is growing in Cleveland as franchises such as the Lions, Bills and Bengals continue to turn the corner. The Bengals are doing it with a rookie quarterback.
The Browns meanwhile are left with yet another rebuilding process and the growing pains that come with it.